Israeli progressive folk metallers ORPHANED LAND have just released the digital single "Chains Fall To Gravity", taken off the band's upcoming album, "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs", which is due this Friday, January 26. The song features a guest solo performance by guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett (ex-GENESIS).
ORPHANED LAND vocalist Kobi Farhi explains: "'Chains Fall To Gravity' is a very important song on our new album and its concept. It is the point where the hero is being unchained and starts his way out of the cave, and for the first time he has to leave anything he thought to be the truth.
"I remember telling Steve Hackett about this song and the concept and he was definitely put all these emotions into the guitar solo he performed here, which is in my opinion, one of the best guitar solos ever on an ORPHANED LAND song. We are just too lucky and honored to have a rock legend playing with us in this one!"
Hackett comments: "I was thrilled to have Kobi Farhi sing on one of my album tracks. His voice sounds beautiful and mystical on the track. It was equally a pleasure to do a guitar solo for this exciting track on ORPHANED LAND's album, which has a great vibe!"
Regarding how Steve Hackett came to guest on the album, Kobi told Loud TV: "It's strange, because he contacted me. He wanted me to sing on his solo album. He did a song for peace and he wanted me to be a part of it, and to bring also an Arab singer to sing it with me, so I did it. Then he asked me, 'Do you want me to pay you for recording this, or do you want me to record [a] solo for your new album?' I was like, 'Hmmm... solo.' What would I do with money? Buy [a] jacket? Buy food? Go to the cinema? I will forget about the money, but the solo is forever. I explained to him about the concept, and he really gave one of the best solos I think he ever wrote."
You can watch a static video of the full-length album edit of "Chains Fall To Gravity" below. The radio edit of "Chains Fall To Gravity" is available as a digital single on all download and streaming platforms. All physical formats of the new album "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs" are also available for pre-order.
"Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs", which features artwork by Valnoir, was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren. Its release will be followed by an extensive European tour with IN VAIN, SUBTERRANEAN MASQUERADE and AEVUM.
Kobi told Loud TV about "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs": "We are back to concept albums. Concept albums give you the opportunity to be diverse, progressive. This is the best way for us to do albums. I think that in this album, we wanted to make a combined album of [2013's] 'All Is One', which was more upfront, and the concept and progressive music of [2004's] 'Mabool' and [2010's] 'ORWarriOR'. We thought that if we make a combination of them, it will be the best ORPHANED LAND album [yet].
"You always need to find a way, how do you find a new concept after you did music for 26 years?" he continued. "I didn't know what to do. The band was already writing music, and they told me, 'Kobi, what's going on?' I was like, 'I don't know — I don't have it.' I need to find an inspiration and to find a story to be stronger than before. I don't want to repeat. I don't want 'All Is One II', or 'Mabool Number Two'. I want to find something new. So, looking at the world and finding the story of '[Allegory Of] The Cave' by Plato was my main inspiration, and it took me a while, but from the moment I found it, it was very fast and very quick and very intense work. Once I have the concept, we know how to fix the music in the album."